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You Will Love Cupcakes Even More After Knowing About These Delicious Recipes

You Will Love Cupcakes Even More After Knowing About These Delicious Recipes

Cupcakes are perfect. They’re round little morsels of joy that are way better than a full-blown cake. This is mostly because having an extra serving, or seven, of cupcakes is far more socially acceptable than with actual pieces of cake. I also find that cupcakes are way more fun to be creative an experimental with. It’s for that reason that the recipes we’ll be looking at today go beyond the realms of normality. There are a million ‘chocolate,’ ‘red velvet,’ and even my beloved ‘salted caramel’ recipes out there. So let’s take a look at some tasty treats that are a little more unique, as well as delicious.

Cupcakes That Look Or Taste Like Other Delicious Things

1. Cherry Pie Cupcakes

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    “She’s my cherry pie.” These not only sound amazing, but the secret behind the presentation is particularly awesome.

    2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cupcakes
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      This classic childhood favorite has never been more delicious, or clever.

      3. Snow Cone Cupcakes

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        Just because the weather might be cold doesn’t mean that you can’t have a snow cone. This ice-free adaptation means that you can enjoy this treat all year round.

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        4. Cupcake Hamburgers and Cookie Fries

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          The best sweet followup to a hamburger and fries is, well, hamburger and fries! This recipe is not only incredibly clever, but also far easier than how it looks! It’s the perfect addition to any child (or adult!) party.

          5. Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

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            Why have a peanut butter cup when you can have one on top of its own cupcake counterpart.

            Alcohol Soaked Cupcakes

            Because I can’t be the only one who likes to eat her booze.

            1. Margarita Cupcakes
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              Nothing is better than a refreshing and zesty margarita. Oh yeah, except for when it’s made into a cupcake!

              2. Eggnog Red Velvet Cupcakes

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                Celebrate the festive season, and winter in general, with these tasty treats. For those of you who like it a bit stronger, add extra nog!

                3. Limoncello Cupcakes

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                  Any kind of lemon cake is a winner in my book. They’re a refreshing treat that leaves a pleasing after taste on your palate. The only way to improve them is to add my favorite liqueur, limoncello. Bonus points if you make it yourself.

                  4. Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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                    Not only are these cupcakes amazing because they contain Guinness, Whiskey, AND Baileys; they’re also the perfect addition to any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Or any celebration, really.

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                    5. Mudslide Cupcakes

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                      The perfect dessert cocktail can now be enjoyed in cupcake form!

                      Miscellaneous Amazing Cupcakes

                      1. Andes Mint Cupcakes

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                        Mint chocolate may not be ground breaking, but the combination of the presentation, mint butter-cream frosting, and Andes mint made this a winner for me.

                        2. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
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                          You may only be able to get pumpkin spice lattes during the Fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them all year round in the form of cupcakes.

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                          3. Tiramisu Cupcakes

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                            Because who doesn’t like combining two desserts into one? Plus, you can never go wrong combining coffee and chocolate.

                            4. Boston Cream Cupcakes

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                              Once again, who doesn’t like combining two desserts into one?

                              5. Pancake Cupcakes With Maple Bacon Frosting

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                                These cupcakes are the reason why people say, “save the best for last.” These are so amazing that I was left speechless when I first saw them. For anyone that knows me, they can attest to the fact that this is an amazing feat. Seriously, you can now have the delicious taste of breakfast all day long!

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                                Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                4. Feed Your Brain

                                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                6. Write it Down

                                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                7. Listen to Music

                                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                8. Visual Concepts

                                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                9. Teach Someone Else

                                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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